Currently based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Ellicott watch brand traces its origins to 17th century. It self historically distinguished, the Ellicott Company could proudly point to its own traditions in as much as John Ellicott (1706 – 1772), the founder’s son, had been appointed Clockmaker to King George III.
As an emblematic brand of the British watchmaking of the XVIIth, XVIIIth and XIXth centuries, Ellicott owed its reputation to the innovative spirit and genius of a family which, during four consecutive generations, worked for excellence.
Most famous creations from this prestigious horology firm are the Centre second and the Compensated pendulum. A few rare fob-watches of that time are still celebrated nowadays by an audience of informed collectors and experts.
The most famous watch maker from this family was John Ellicott II (1706 – 1772). On October 26th, 1738, John Ellicott was elected Fellow of the Royal Society. The Royal society was founded in 1660 by a group of 12 in order to create a College for the « Promoting of physico-mathematical experimental learning ». They were to meet weekly to witness experiments and discuss scientific topics. Among the most famous members, we can quote Isaac Newton and William James Frodsham.
John Ellicott’s footprint was left in English watchmaking’s history, becoming one of the greatest kingdom’s watchmakers. In 1752 he invented a compensated pendulum, and then adopts the cylinder escapement of George Graham, making this system popular. He created a pocket watch with a stop second system and designed public clocks, such as the London Hospital’s.
John Ellicott was established at 17 Sweeting’s Alley, Royal Exchange. Gaining great reputation for the beauty and excellence of his workmanship, he was appointed to His Majesty George III. The mechanical pocket watches manufactured by Ellicott London were highly appreciated by elite clientele and royal families.
Today, Ellicott SA is a Swiss watch manufacturer, reviving Ellicott’s London spirit. In 2013, the brand celebrated the 275th anniversary of the admission of John Ellicott in the Royal Society.
It is in the cradle of the Swiss Jura that Pierre-André Finazzi, fortified by his experience in watchmaking and jewellery, revived the spirit of the British firm with the foundation of Ellicott SA in 2002.
Having a passion for the Italian « quattrocento » period and degrees in fine arts and architecture and in project management, it is in the position of jeweller and designer that Pierre-André Finazzi cooperated with prestigious brands such as Patek Philippe, Corum or Mont Blanc to name just a few. He devised and designed mechanisms notably for the brand Graham 1695 within which he was since 1995 co-founder in charge of the design, the marketing and of the collections production.
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